Strictness is good for good governance: Lalu

Lalu justifies the Emergency imposed by the late Indira Gandhi in 1974, saying it was the need of the hour at that time, reports Bharat Kumar.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2007 18:48 IST

National President of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, who himself was lodged in prison under the MISA during the days of Emergency in 1974, has justified its imposition, saying strictness is needed for good governance.

"It is a provision under the Constitution to use strictness for maintaining discipline in the society. Had I not been lodged under the MISA during the days of Emergence, I would not have become a national leader", said Lalu in a cheerful mood.

Talking to media in response to a query, Lalu justified the Emergency imposed by the late Indira Gandhi, saying it was the need of the hour at that time. Yadav also claims that he had handed over the youth movement as president of the student union in Patna University, to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narain in Bihar.

Defending the recent controversial statements of star campaigner of Congress, Rahul Gandhi, the minister accused the media of twisting Rahul's statements for tarnishing his image. "Common people and soldiers have played equally important role in the freedom struggle. The contribution of Jawahar Lal Nehru and Indira Gandhi to the nation could not be forgotten", he said
Lashing out at the SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, the RJD president accused the SP of being hand in glove with the BJP for vested political interests. All four chief ministers who assembled at Allahabad in an attempt to form the third front were in the NDA government led by the BJP, he said.

In response to a query over the imposition of President's Rule in case a hung assembly like situation existed in UP, he said there was little chance of this. But the UPA would play a vital role in the formation of the next government in the State, he said.

When asked, whom Congress would support, he did not rule out the possibility of an independent candidate becoming the cheif minister as in Jharkhand.

Commenting on the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Lalu said, the party and its MLAs were not trustworthy at all.

First Published: Apr 25, 2007 18:44 IST